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THE WINNER: Dior Hall
School: George Washington (Denver, Colo.)
Event: Hurdles and sprints
Athletic achievement: She won the 100-meter hurdles with a state-record time of 13.09 seconds at the Class 5A state meet this season. The state’s 2010-11 Gatorade Girls Track & Field Athlete of the Year as a freshman, Hall placed second in the 100-meter dash in 11.69 seconds and fourth in the 200 in 24.26. Hall also ran the opening leg on the second-place 4×100-meter relay that crossed the line in 47.13. Her 100-meter hurdles time at the state meet ranked as the nation’s No. 1 performance among prep competitors in 2014 and No. 3 in prep history at the time of her selection.
Academic excellence: Hall has maintained a 3.1 GPA at the Denver School of Science & Technology.
Exemplary character: In addition to donating her time as part of her church’s youth group, she has volunteered feeding the homeless with Fit Kidz Elite.
“Fear and doubt is what all athletes are trying to overcome when they compete, but Dior’s natural self-confidence and assurance in her own abilities transferred to her teammates, making them confident and self-assured in themselves,” said George Washington head coach Chuck Dugue. “As a coach, this is something I try to instill in all the athletes I deal with, but to see an athlete have more of an effect than I could ever have was both humbling and exhilarating at the same time.”
THE FUTURE: Hall has signed with USC.